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DURANT DEFENSE HANDS OFFENSE ENOUGH TRIES

Durant forced five second-half turnovers and the offense did just enough as the Cougars improved to 2-0 with a 13-3 win against visiting Brandon on Saturday.

"I would have liked to have seen us turn some of those turnovers into touchdowns," Durant coach Mike Gottman said. "But I'm proud of this team's tenacity."

Durant's offense scored 13 unanswered points in the second half, but the defense played a key role. Five of Brandon's six second-half possessions ended in a turnover, and the Eagles (0-2) didn't have a series that lasted longer than five plays.

"I noticed (Brandon's) defense was getting tired," Durant quarterback Je'Twan Smith said. "It made things easier for us."

Sean Watson gave Brandon a 3-0 lead with a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Durant running back Antonio Morris (22 carries for 87 yards) capped an eight-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run around left end to make it 7-3 in the third quarter.

The Eagles later fumbled twice in their own territory, and kicker Conner Bass hit a 28-yard field goal with just over six minutes to play and a 39-yarder with just under three minutes left.

"Our defense was so perfect tonight," Smith said. "They put us in position to win this game."

Smith did his part, going 15-for-24 for 134 yards. His top target was David Claypool, who caught seven for 90 yards.

"I know I can put it up there for him, and he's going to come down with it and turn it upfield for a big play," Smith said.

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